Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sports Watch Review from Bicycles SG

I was kindly sent a Korean sports watch by Bicycles SG, touted as the No.1 Bicycle Shop in Singapore!

Since 2009, Bicycles SG have been providing all types of bicycles to Singaporeans from all walks of life.

"It started with a few bicycle enthusiasts asking us for recommendations due to our expertise. Soon, more people are coming to us to get a bicycle and finally, we started our own online bicycle shop in 2010."
-Bicycles SG, 'About Us'


Well, let's get this review started, shall we?
I got it in a very stylish gift box, that makes for a great and classy gift.


Here is the watch...




With all the components laid out. Exciting!

As you can see, the watch comes in a stylish, unisex design that makes a perfect gift for your loved ones- something that is sure to come in useful everyday!

I really like the soft white rubber straps, that are pretty water resistant (this does not mean you can take this diving, however-) so I don't need to worry about the strap tarnishing, none of the trouble you get with metal straps or leather.

You can have this watch on while exercising and just wipe it dry afterwards, which is a lot more convenient than taking it to be specially cleaned.

I expect this to be really resistant to wear and tear too, because of the design, and I'm sure the simple, clean-cut design is suitable for everyone from children to adults.


Here it is, on my mum's wrist. She really likes the huge watch face, because it makes it easier to read the time than her current one, ha ha!

By the way, I really like the rhinestones on it. Very elegant touch.

The strap also has lots of holes punched in that made it possible for everyone in my family to put it on- from my dad's meaty wrist to my youngest brother (10)!! So don't worry about needing to get extra holes punched in, it will definitely fit.


On a totally random note, my dad thought it was a earwax pick and said it was just the right size and shape for one.
Don't do that, folks. This weird little stick helps to change the battery when it runs out.
Extra batteries were kindly provided and I'll probably keep everything in the box just in case I lose it.

The sports watch is totally affordable- it goes at $14 SGD on the bicycle.sg site and you can purchase it here.

Of course, why stop at a watch? If you're an avid cyclist looking for a new bicycle, or just a casual cyclist, there is something for everyone on the site.

I would highly recommend checking out the guide on the site to choosing the right bicycle if you are unfamiliar with bicycles- you don't want to get an expensive heavy-duty bike just for running errands, right?

Make sure you know how much you are willing to spend- bicycles typically start at $100-200 SGD everywhere in Singapore and the site offers very competitive rates that are much lower than most other shops!

You could also have a browse-through in the Sale section (Singaporeans love good bargains, after all) to see if any bicycles are suitable for you!

In addition, there is an ongoing offer that should pop up immediately when you reach the site: Key in your email and get a coupon code to save up to 15% off your order.
This offer is valid for all bicycles!!

What are you waiting for? Check out the site now!!

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Disclaimer: all thoughts are my own, I am not affiliated with or was paid in any way to provide a positive review. I am not responsible for the original product.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Body Shop (TBS) All-In-One™ INSTABLUR™ Universal vs TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm Primer Comparison

Long long ago, (five to six years ago), no one used this magical thing called a primer. Now, it has become just another oh=so-very important and crucial and definitely, hands-down, one of the most needed things in your makeup routine. (read this in a slightly sarcastic tone for full effect)

Alright, so last year, The Body Shop has launched the


ALL-IN-ONE™ INSTABLUR™ UNIVERSAL




Sounds really promising. Lighten up on the Trademarks, guys.

Being a huge fan of The Body Shop, I knew I had to try this out right away. I stopped by my nearest shop and the shop assistants gave me a good-sized sample of it and showed me how to use it.

My immediate reaction?

Wow, this feels (and smells a little) exactly like the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm!



It smoothed over my pores, reduced the redness (temporarily) of my acne, and my skin felt smooth and silky to the touch.

After touching my face, I realised that the primer began flaking off and started coming off in bits, like eraser dust.

I left with my sample and brought it home for comparison, not quite sold on the idea yet.

After comparing the two products side-by-side and using them under makeup (heavy and light), I realised that the TONYMOLY actually worked as a better primer for your bare face and under light makeup, but faded the vibrance for heavy makeup (I guess so, since it wasn't marketed as a primer in the first place)

However, out of the two, the TONYMOLY won hands down for lasting power, and it smoothed over my pores much better. It even smells refreshing, with a slight lemon scent that is not overpowering at all.

I have used the TONYMOLY on its own over moisturiser and no makeup for years now, and I love how matte it makes my face look, and I always get compliments on my skin.



For people living in Asia, I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm as a cheaper alternative to The Body Shop's Instablur™ because it lasts longer, doesn't flake as easily, and smells better without being overpowering. 

For UK consumers, you might find the Instablur™ more affordable, especially during 50%-off sales, but if you do stop by Korea or see a sale on Korean cosmetics (there is an online shop for Korean skincare products, but I can't remember which one it is), I would definitely recommend the TONYMOLY instead, especially if you have oily/combination skin that would result in the Instablur™ flaking off really quickly.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Face Shop Pure Water Facial Mist Jeju Marine

Hello guys!

It's been forever since I last updated my blog.
Unfortunately, I'm no longer able to use my DSLR so my blog will be sadly picture-less for a while (I'll have the official pictures up, though).

Anyway! I'll be reviewing a couple of items that I have actually had the patience to continue using (and finish), so stay tuned!




First up, I'll be reviewing The Face Shop's Pure Water Facial Mist range. The one I got was Jeju Marine, which pretty much seems to be the only one left in stock in stores everywhere.
I really wanted to get Jeju Flower, but no luck! 

The facial mist claims to leave your skin feeling smooth, refreshed, and hydrated. I would say it works pretty ok, it really saves me on a hot day out. However, in terms of hydrating and refreshing, I personally prefer the cucumber water range from Taiwan (plus, it's really cheap, too!) because this mist has a very strong scent and a long long list of chemicals I'm honestly not keen about. If it says Pure Water Facial Mist it should damn well have more water in it!

The nozzle is very fine and dispenses the mist just right- I might reuse the bottle and throw in distilled water or something when the mist is completely used up.


 Nice scent, but can be a little overpowering
 Hydrates and refreshes to a certain extent
 Excellent nozzle than dispenses mist finely

 Scent is too strong at times, especially if you breathe in afterwards
 Does not match up to cheaper mists (this cost 14 SGD)


Overall Rating:


Get a cheaper alternative. They all work the same.







Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ridia Estelle Hair Remover


I bought this on Qoo10 as an impulse buy, totally sold by the moisturising-whitening-permanent sales pitch. Urghhhhhh.

This product pretty much works like other depilatory creams, so I feel a little disappointed. You need to wait at least 10min instead of the 3min they claim to see the hairs start detaching, and I suggest you use a scraper or something instead of wiping the cream off, like other depilatory creams.
The hair breaks off at the roots, so I don't really understand how there can be permanent hair removal- but I guess I'll continue using the spray and see how it goes.

OH YES.
A spray.

I think they were attempting to make it hygienic and convenient and whatnot, however I still need to spread the liquid myself because the nozzle basically just shoots a thin stream of liquid precisely onto my leg and doesn't- dissipate- if you know what I'm trying to explain.

This is very moisturising and provides a nice feel to it afterwards. My legs also look brighter, though I am not sure if that is because the hair is gone.
This stinks like hair perms- if you have tried hair removal creams you will know what I'm talking about- and is much stronger smelling than other depilatory creams.
I will continue using this to see how it works- it seems to be gentler on the skin, which is a plus point. I didn't get any irritation afterwards.

Delivery is extremely fast considering it is from Japan- took only a week and it was wrapped expertly, with invoice and supporting documents included. Very impressed with the delivery.



Fast delivery from Japan
   Moisturises, brightens(?)
Hygienic
Bad smell. VERY BAD SMELL.
 
Needs a longer time than claimed.


Breaks off at the roots




Overall rating:


Did not perform up to expectations, but it still works.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Body Shop Aloe Moist Lotion (for sensitive skin)

Hi peeps, I'm really busy with work and university applications so I will be doing posts with quick takes on certain products I've tried recently- I'm making sure to choose products that can be tried out at their respective stores so you can try them out for yourself too- because urgh I don't have my DSLR available and my phone camera is. the. pits.

So, today I'll be giving you my quick take on The Body Shop's Aloe Moist Lotion (for sensitive skin)!

It looks like this.
The bottle is opaque btw, it's a very pretty mint green that strangely looks see-through in this picture I grabbed off The Body Shop's website (teehee)

It is intended to be a moisturiser rather than a toner, and when I apply it on my face it feels really soothing and nice.
It claims to be fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and colour-free, and it certainly lives up to its claims.. Though to be honest sometimes I feel it smells a little like paint!

This didn't work out as nicely as Nature Republic's Aloe Vera gel, because I'd apply it before I sleep and feel a little uncomfortable and my skin a tad bit sticky.
It also doesn't soothe my skin as well as the aloe vera gel did.

As I don't have sensitive skin, I can't test if this product really lives up to its claims of soothing sensitive skin, and overall, I'd give it a miss. It's even more expensive than the aloe vera gel too (=_=) And it doesn't help my acne at all.


Likes: Fragrance-free, doesn't sting skin
Dislikes: Does not perform up to expectations and is more expensive than the aloe vera gel
Rating: ❤❤❤ (3/5) Not too bad, but not that good either. Just meh.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

So, if you are living in Singapore/ Korea, you would have seen this product EVERYWHERE.
Yes, this one.
So, I gave in a few months ago and bought it on Qoo10 during a sale (they usually have it at 1+1, 12.90 SGD but I managed to get it a dollar cheaper (hey, it's still money).
I was quite skeptical at first because everyone was RAVING about it and going on and on about how awesome it was. When I got it in a pretty sizable box (heavy, too) I was quite impressed by the value for money. Its diameter is almost as long as a smartphone.
I slathered a sizable amount on my face and waited. It absorbed pretty quickly, but I would recommend using an exfoliator first for better absorption.
Insider's Secrets: Premier Dead Sea has made a really fantastic exfoliator, it's on sale at City Link Mall (?) for 39.90SGD because they released a new packaging and want to clear the old ones- original price 49.90SGD)
Alternatively, you can buy the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush (I think there is one at Suntec City) but be warned, not everyone might take to it (review later). For me, it leaves my skin feeling matt, cool and fresh, and does not cause me to overproduce facial oil afterwards. However, some people have complained about their face feeling too dry or having overactive oil production, so I'd advise you to buy the mini pot (10g) first. Please see the review for more info on it, as I don't want to go on and on about another product here. But it has worked really well for me, so I'd recommend you check it out.
Anyway, it absorbed like a charm and my face felt deliciously moisturised afterwards. If you feel that your face feels sticky, you have probably applied more than your face can take in. Either:
i) reduce the dosage or
ii) Exfoliate before using this gel or

iii) Splash some water on your face (no need to try to wash it off entirely, usually I just let the tap run and cup some water to my face and gently pat my face dry afterwards.
It works really well for people with sensitive skin, and I was amazed to see it reduced the redness of my acne. I usually squeeze my pimples, particularly those on my nose, and so I'll usually wake up with the redness still there.
But when I apply this gel, I don't get any redness or swelling, or spreading of acne! I was totally amazed! (don't follow my example and squeeze your pimples, I don't get acne scars for some reason but not everyone might be as lucky)
However, this product loses its effectiveness if you use it consecutively for several days for some reason. So I usually alternate this product with the Laniege Water Bank Sleeping Mask_EX I got recently (I have so much reviews to do omg) and the Laniege Water Bank Hydro gel (moisturiser) 
There are tons of uses you can get out of this aloe vera gel.
I also use it to tame my unruly hair (I have naturally wavy/ curly hair and when I wake up in the morning they go out of control), use it after tweezing/ shaving to soothe my skin, and before I go out. I don't use makeup save for lips and mascara, so I can't tell if it is good under foundation.
Also, I find this mask a little strong on the alcohol smell, I'm not sure why they would put in alcohol as it is drying ._.
When I apply the mask, my face feels moisturised but my hands always feel dry afterwards ._. Hmmm... But it works for me so I'm not complaining, ha ha!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat (All Yarned Up) and Sugar Coat (Sour Apple)

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Bought these at a steal- only $6 SGD each! (Watsons sells both at $19.90)
I thought I'd be really really impressed by them both because I've heard so many raves online, especially about the fuzzy coat, but surprisingly it didn't appeal to me as much as I thought they would.

All Yarned Up looks better on its own or over a nude colour for some reason.. I expected it to 'pop' nicely with a dark base but it wasn't fantastic. I preferred it on its own. On a side note, this has got to be the most pungent nail polish I've had so far. When I opened the bottle I nearly choked up because I was so overwhelmed. I change my nail polish every week, so I'm pretty used to the smell already, but boy, this really takes the cake.
 
Application was smooth and I did not need to go fishing because the bars are so dense, but getting them to distribute evenly is a bit of a chore as they tend to clump to one end and leave the sides kinda lacking. I think they would look better spaced out over a base but thicker if over a light base/ on its own.


Sour Apple is exactly like a lumpier and more muted (less neon) 'Highlight of my Summer' by China Glaze, down to the chalky look. I swear they are colour dupes. I got Sour Apple hoping to chance the perfect mint green I was looking for, but was slightly disappointed again. I wanted something more green (I guess that's technically not mint but a light green), but by all accounts this has been the most perfect mint so far.

Application was easy, took about 2-3 coats. Dried really fast and the texture started coming out only as it dried. It is pretty scratch-resistant, don't add a top coat for this one or you'll smooth out the lumps.


I've done a quick manicure featuring these two polishes (pardon my short nails, it was a school day) and Glittering Garland from China Glaze as a base for All Yarned Up as an accent nail. You'll notice that the colour clashes a little but I couldn't get All Yarned Up on its own, it wouldn't show up as well using my lousy phone camera if so.

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What do you think about these two polishes? :)
Yay or nay?